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Pharmatech Oncology Receives Phase 2 SBIR Funding for Just-In-Time Enrollment Model
Date:8/9/2012

DENVER, Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pharmatech Oncology announces the award of its phase 2 Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) project, entitled A Patient Centered Approach to Enrolling Rare Cancer Patients in Clinical Trials, to be funded through the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Pharmatech Oncology has developed an innovative enrollment methodology called Just-In-Time (JIT) to improve enrollment rates into cancer clinical trials, which often see significant delays due to slow patient enrollment.  The major challenge in developing more effective anti-cancer drugs is the time it takes to complete clinical trials demonstrating the safety and efficacy of investigational new drugs. With only an estimated 3 to 5 percent of adult cancer patients participating in clinical trials, and potentially even fewer being offered the opportunity, JIT provides patients with on-demand access to cancer clinical trials and investigational treatments.

In Phase 1 of the SBIR project, Pharmatech Oncology demonstrated that cancer trial enrollment rates can be increased by making specific clinical trials available to a network of research ready centers (Click this link to see the abstract: http://intl-dij.sagepub.com/content/46/4/472.abstract). The JIT enrollment model puts patients first in the research process, prioritizing selection of the most appropriate therapy, and utilizing highly efficient workflow to enroll individual cancer patients into a trial in 10 days or less.

The Phase 2 project addresses the scalability of the JIT enrollment methodology as an industry-wide solution, but even more exciting is its focus on aligning patient genetic and molecular characteristics with personalized therapy. The principal investigator of the project, Dr. Matthew Wiener, believes, "The JIT enrollment methodology is ideally positioned to support the development of targeted cancer m
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